Dye Garden in October
This morning the ground was white with frost for the first time. The balcony garden is slowly dying back but only a couple of weeks ago the amazingly prolific coreopsis was still in full bloom.
I've now dyed with the flowers alone (rather than over other colours as before) and with alum the results are similar to onion skins but yellower, especially on the heavier fabrics.
The indigo seeds have started to ripen and I brought the flowering stems inside to keep an eye on them. Some of the seeds fell on soil in another flowerpot and quickly sprouted! I'm collecting the seeds and drying them with the rice method described here. When they are ready for storing, I'm thinking of giving away a few packs - watch this space.